In 1885 a pass system was begun by the Department of Indian Affairs in Canada. No outsider could enter a reserve and no native could leave the reserve without a pass from the Indian Agent in charge.
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The Pass System meant that parents could not visit their children in off-reservation schools. Sometimes individuals needing a pass would hike miles to the nearest Indian Agent only to find no one home. Indian Act and the Pass System)
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Image Credit: Pat Grasshopper's pass to leave the reserve 1892. Glenbow Museum